The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 62, July 1958 - April, 1959 Page: 408
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tion and suffered the indignity and discomfort of an unmerciful
A second criticism of Mrs. Spencer's book is the absence of
source citation. From the bibliography and internal evidence, it
is apparent that the writing has been based on extensive research
of manuscript and authoritative secondary material as well as
family legend and lore. Unfortunately, except for the letters that
are reproduced in the text, there is no way of following the story
to its sources, many of which would have considerable interest
and use for the reader. Less important, and perhaps only mildly
irritating to many, is the writer's use of hypothetical conversation.
Although the preceding criticisms of Gold Country, 1828-1858,
are legitimate, they should not be construed as overweighing the
fundamental value of the book as a basic statement of one family's
experiences in the gold rushes of 1828, 1849, and 1858, and in the
later movement of population into Texas in the last half of the
nineteenth century. By experience and background, Mrs. Spencer
was well qualified to produce the study. As a member of the
Russell family, she had access to information that would have
been unavailable to other persons, and as a member of the Asso-
ciation for several years, she is no newcomer to the field of history.
Earlier writing has appeared in the New Mexico Historical Re-
view and the Colorado Magazine.
CHESTER V. KIELMAN
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 62, July 1958 - April, 1959, periodical, 1959; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101173/m1/477/: accessed May 21, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.